JewBu Quest: From Abuse to Happiness

JewBu: a Jew who practices forms of Buddhist meditation & spirituality. This blog documents my quest to 1) heal from sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse, 2) come to terms with losing Mom and Grandma to Alzheimers, 3) find balance, explore the spiritual, stay present. Bascially, I've experienced some pretty crappy shit in my life and want to find a way to move past it and find happiness.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

What Makes Me Smile

April suggested, in a comment to my last post, that I think about things that make me smile to help me battle the depression that's been setting in as a consequence of feeling hopeless about how my father is handling the care (or lack there of) of my mother.

I had her question in my head last night when I started to feel the depression wave come in. So I first went to work out, but then I realized that I had forgotten socks in my gym bag (and I was wearing flip flops) so I had to skip that. I went home and ate a whole box of mac and cheese. Then, I decided to take myself on a shopping spree. When I went into the Aveda store, I was offered a chakra balancing and neck massage. It was just what I needed. Even though that was a pretty expensive depression treatment, it made me realize that there are things that I can do to shift things.

So here's my list.

Things That Make Me Smile
  1. massages
  2. watching my dog play with other dogs
  3. yoga
  4. hanging out with friends (sometimes)
  5. seeing an old friend
  6. talking to my niece and nephew
  7. sex*
  8. flowers
  9. a really good meal
  10. cookies
  11. Danny Kaye movies
  12. seeing students learn
  13. acupuncture
  14. watching the sunset
  15. brunch with friends
  16. working out at my gym with the trainers who have become like friends
  17. sushi
  18. the coffee shop around the corner from my place
  19. people telling me they appreciate me
  20. getting a pedicure with Jennifer
Ah, I need to be in a relationship!!!


Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

You deserve all these things and more! Indulge a little! :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:39:00 PM  
Anonymous tafka pp said...

אני מאוד מעריכה אותך!

Hope the dog is feeling better...

Saturday, March 21, 2009 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger April_optimist said...

What a great list! May you be able to enjoy some of these every day.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 1:53:00 PM  
Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

Just stopping by to see how you're doing and let you know I'm thinking of you.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Karma said...

Thanks for all of the support.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 6:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Just Be Real said...

Karma, those are great responses. Blessings.

Monday, March 30, 2009 3:34:00 PM  

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